Israel's election means a clear choice for Israelis
As the situation in Israel has deteriorated over the past year, J Street has advanced the notion that the country and its friends face a CLEAR CHOICE.
One choice: stay the course being charted by the political right and the settler movement – and face a future of permanent occupation, deepening violence, growing international isolation and the loss of the state’s democratic character.
The other: change course and ground the future in two states for two peoples – preserving both Israel’s Jewish nature and its democratic character, and gaining acceptance from regional neighbors, while overcoming growing global antagonism.
With the dissolution of the Knesset yesterday and national elections now set for March 17, that CLEAR CHOICE is being laid out imminently before the Israeli people.
That makes J Street’s 5th conference the first national gathering of pro-Israel Americans after the Israeli elections. We’ll be convening in Washington, DC (March 21-24) under the serendipitously timed banner of “A Clear Choice for a Better Future” to assess election results and their implications for Israel, the two-state solution and our movement going forward.
You certainly won't want to miss the conference, and you'll also want to follow all the developments in this upcoming, critical election.
That’s why J Street wants to help you track these elections by being your virtual election headquarters for the coming 90-odd days. We’re setting up exciting and valuable resources to keep you up to speed on all of the complexities and fast-moving developments in Israeli politics:
Election Bulletins: A few times a week, we’ll send out an email summarizing the latest polls, flagging the latest developments in the campaign, and providing analysis from leading pundits and observers of the Israeli political landscape.
- Sign up now to receive our short Election Bulletins two to three times a week for the next three months.
Briefing Calls: Join us for regular briefing calls with journalists and other experts who will share their insights first-hand.
- The first briefing is this Thursday, December 11, at 12:30PM with Ha’aretz reporter Barak Ravid. Register now.
Election Central Web Page: We’re creating a page on our website with all of the latest polling and analysis, as well as basic information on the parties and candidates.
- We’ll be launching the election page later this week and will build on it throughout the election cycle. Sign up for our election bulletins to stay updated.
Here are five thoughts about the elections that I’ll share with you to whet your appetite:
- All signs point to this being a “change election.” Prime Minister Netanyahu is highly unpopular--over 60 percent of voters having an unfavorable opinion of him and only barely more than 30 percent wanting him re-elected.
- Polls show that parties on the center and center-left could emerge with enough seats to be able to form the next government. Two polls have now come out showing that if Labor leader Isaac Herzog runs with Hatnuah leader Tzipi Livni, their combined list would emerge with the most seats.
- The party likely to grow the most is the settler party led by the far-right Naftali Bennett, and that’s simply frightening for those of us who believe in democratic values and in two states.
- The party likely to lose the most is Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid – more than half of whose voters will likely scatter to the right, left and center of the political map.
- The most significant new player for you to meet this cycle? Former Likud Minister Moshe Kahlon, whose new party could hold the key to forming the next government.
The field is wide-open. Numerous parties are likely to get between 10 and 20 seats in the Knesset. Several different party leaders could be contenders to be the next prime minister.
With so much at stake, I hope you’ll take advantage of all the resources J Street will provide in the coming three months to stay on top of political developments in Israel.
And, please, plan to join us in Washington, DC from March 21 to 24 for our 5th national conference, where we’ll digest the outcome in person and set the course for our movement in the wake of the choices that Israel makes.
This is truly a moment of CLEAR CHOICE and the stakes could not be higher.
Thank you for all your support,